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Old 01-17-2009, 08:58 PM
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Looking for some help. I'm just getting into turkey hunting but I only have a 20ga 870 I've used for slug hunting. I have the standard barrel, but need suggestions on chokes. Load suggestions, and does anyone else hunt with a 20ga. Money is tight right now like alot of other folks and buying a new 12ga is out of the question. Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:59 PM
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will it shoot a 3inch turkey shot
ive killed plenty with my 20 ga benelli
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:05 PM
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yeah, 3in...870 express Mag.
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:06 PM
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no problem buddy have layed out a few with mine save the little money u got left and by some shells
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:09 PM
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what loads do you use? special choke?
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:14 PM
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notta darn thing special notice 20 ga in pic
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:16 PM
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excellent, thanks for the info
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My first turkey gun was a 20 guage model 50 winchester full choke barrel chambered for 2 3/4" only. I would slip in a 3" magnum but that limited me to one shot as the hull would hang up after firing. I killed around 10 birds with that gun til I bought the same gun in a 12 guage. Still got them both after all these years.
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Old 01-17-2009, 11:09 PM
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I shoot an 870 3 inch express with a tru-glow turkey choke. Matter of fact that is what I duck hunt with also including the turkey choke . Never killed a turkey (YET) but it will put the smackdown on a duck at 50 yards.
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My kids all learned to turkey hunt with a NEF 20 ga in full choke. Used 3" turkey loads. I liked it too and carried it often on my own. Killed many birds with that gun. But like you're not going to be lethal with a bow at 120 yds. make sure you limit shots to effective range. Under 30 or 35 yds would probably be best depending on how the gun patterns. I guarantee if you drop one from that close you'll be hooked for life!
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Old 01-18-2009, 02:50 AM
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MKW is the resident guru on any forum when it comes to the lil guns. LOL
I moved to a 870 26" Knoxx ops two years ago. Although Nitro 7s will spank the pants off of anything, I shoot H 13 6s outta a Pure Gold 555 www.Gameacc.net With vintage H 13 I can average 125 in a ten inch circle at 40 yds.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:28 AM
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gettin' older so I bought a youth model turkey 870 in 20 because it is lighter and easier to handle. this year will be my first with it- will let you know
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Nothing wrong at all with a 20 g. My first dozen or so birds, I killed using a 20ga, 3in. Winchester XX #6's....like everybody said, out to around 30 yards with factory choke and ammo....no problem!
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20 is all I use. It's an 870 with an Indian Creek choke. I used Hevi-13 #6's, but this year I'm jumping on the Nitro train.

My gun, with lead, would only be good out to 30 to 35 yards, but the Hevi-13 made it a true 40 yard gun.

They are a blast to carry.
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I killed my first turkey with a 20 gage!!!!
I love hunting with that gun, it is a sweet lil gun.

Mossberg...chambered for 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells....changable barrels- one for turkey hunting and the other for pigs and deer.
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Old 01-18-2009, 12:54 PM
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thanks for all the help folks, just the info I was looking for.
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